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7% of U.S. dairy farms ceased operations in 2020, according to the USDA.

More than 2,500 dairy farms stopped milking in 2020, according to USDA numbers released Tuesday.

The annual count of licensed dairies lists 31,657 nationwide, down 7% from the year before.

The biggest numerical losses were in Wisconsin, 610 farms; Minnesota, 380; Pennsylvania, 300; and New York, 240.

Wisconsin still has the most dairy farms in the country, at 7,110. Pennsylvania and New York rank second and third, with 5,430 and 3,650 farms.

Thirteen states — including Minnesota, Ohio and Michigan — lost more than 10% of their dairies.

The top 10 milk producing states remain unchanged from last year: California, Wisconsin, Idaho, New York, Texas, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, New Mexico and Washington.

The United States produced 223 billion pounds of milk last year, a 2.2% increase over 2019.

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